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Office of Communications and Public Affairs

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs represents the National Endowment for the Humanities in communications with the media and members of the public. Its mission is to disseminate information about NEH grant programs and products and to promote the importance of the humanities our country’s cultural advancement and in enriching the lives of its citizens.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs publishes news releases and other information, works with the news media to keep them informed of the work of the agency and its grantees, manages the agency’s website and social media, and publishes announcements of NEH grants. The office also responds to media requests, arranges interviews with NEH staff, and coordinates major NEH public events, including the National Humanities Medals and the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

To reach NEH’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, please contact:

telephone: 202-606-8446

Recent News

National Endowment for the Humanities and Cultural Preservation After Hurricane Katrina

NEH grants help preserve valuable cultural treasures in the wake of natural disaster and provide training for cultural heritage caretakers in disaster preparedness
Chairman Adams speaking at a congressional breakfast for National History Day

Don't Make History, History

In an op-ed, NEH Chairman Adams argues that knowing and teaching history is vital

Out of Many, One

Colleges can't just create technicians when they must also create citizens
November 24, 2015

Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories

For the past year, author Shawn Wong, along with a team of teachers in the Red Badge Project, has been teaching veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how to construct the stories of their lives in writing. Through the project, soldiers are able to translate and articulate their lives away from home, their experiences and their traumas to themselves, their families and a wider audience.

November 21, 2015

Global Events That Touched Florida: From the Great Depression to the Cold War

This program explores Floridians’ memories of U-boat attacks, German POWs, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more, using excerpts from Janie Gould’s Floridays radio shows first heard on public radio.

November 19, 2015

How Oceanographic Effects Influenced the Prehistoric Colonization of Islands: A Caribbean-Pacific Comparison

This presentation considers questions of resource acquisition and population movements as mediated by oceanographic and wind conditions.

November 18, 2015

12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State

Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England.

November 16, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

Through a presentation that combines music, anthropology and history, Scott Woodward explores how the formation of all of these refuges, parks and monuments resulted from the particular leadership methods used by President Roosevelt and his personal mission to preserve natural resources. Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

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